Shredded Kale Salad with Pecans, Parmesan Cheese, and Cranberries: Learning isn’t only winning

Both daughters finished an eye opening week of piano competitions and performances that made me say “WHAT?”  I’ve seen the future of classical music, and while it’s alive and well, it’s probably not going to be driven by Daughters, which is perfectly fine with me.  Daughters competed for the experience, to hear wonderful music being … Read more

Simple Cucumbers with Lemon: Sensible, not whimsical

I’m not quite sure how to articulate the kind of strange heartbreak I had the other day when Daughter #2 referred to herself quite proudly as being “the sensible one.” She was surprised I didn’t recognize her self-portrait in the classroom, because while other kids had fancy clothes, funny, outlandish outfits and hairstyles, Daughter #2’s … Read more

Spiced Warm Chickpeas and Fresh Vegetable Salad: When your student becomes your teacher

EDM – now we are even. One of the most amazing things about teaching is the mastery that comes from teaching that thing that you know.  I’m a better writer now than I was 20 years ago, because I’ve been teaching writing for the past 20 years.  I often think back to high school and … Read more